Help me spend $1200

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  1. flyswatter

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    More just "thinking out loud" here than anything, so bear with me.

    I just received an unexpected pay top-up of $1200 CDN, which puts me in the rare situation of being able to afford (or nearly afford) something I've always wanted.

    Top three contenders are:

    - Gibson Les Paul
    - American Strat
    - Fender Deluxe Reverb II or Fender Vibrolux VM RI amp

    I already have an awesome Gibson SG Special, a MIJ Tele, and a SF Super Reverb, so whatever I get is more in the hey cool I can have one of these category than absolutely need it. However, I've struggled financially all my life (the other gear I've either had for 25 years or bought by stashing away $75 gig payments over several months), so it's nice for once to have a bit of free cash to reward myself for 25 years of hard gigging and 12-hour work days.

    Here's the pros and cons:

    - Les Paul -- I'd really love a Traditional or Standard LP, which sell for around $1800 used in Canada, so I could keep saving and pray some unexpected disaster (car engine blows up, teeth fall out, etc) doesn't pilfer my nestegg in the meantime.

    I tried one of the new LPM Gibsons, which sells new for the money I have, BUT I can't stand the G-force and weird brassy nut (which on the model I tried would not stay in tune, forcing the G-force to work overtime to the point of annoyance). This is a disappoinment -- because I could have a 2015 if they didn't, in my opinion, totally suck from the neck up.

    - Strat -- love Strats and have owned a MIM and Squier CV (since sold); I could get an American Standard almost new (need about another $200 which I could swing in a few weeks), and easily used for around $850 to $900.

    - Amp: Pretty happy with the amp I have, but it's big and heavy. A nice Fender tube combo would be cool to have, and by far would be the most practical purchase -- if not quite as satisfying to my soul as a good U.S. guitar.

    Anyway, just venting some thoughts. If anyone has any ideas to pitch in, let's hear 'em. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.
     
  2. Karathas

    Karathas Well-Known Member

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    I would go with the amp. Going to change the sound of all your guitars..nice to have a new amp to play all your guitars on..might make you play them all more
     
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  3. potatofarmer

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    If you've already got a silverface Super, I'd say you're pretty much set in the amp department. Unless you wanted something Marshally or Voxy. And if you're interested in the Vintage Modified Vibrolux for the Marshall channel, I'd buy an old Traynor first. It'll hold its value at least as well as these new-production Fenders, and it'll be about ten times more reliable.
     
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  4. MKR

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    honestly i would go for something different altogether. You have a traditional HH in the SG and you have a classic single coil in the telecaster. What about a nice hollow/semi hollowbody.

    I don't know... personally i like to have as much tonal variety in my guitars as possible. I guess from your list i would opt for the strat, but then again i wouldn't feel the need to narrow it down to american standard only. I'm sure you could find a higher end mexican made one which would honestly be just as good if not better.

    either way, happy spending. i wish i had a similar decision to make LOL.
     
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  5. eS.G.

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    You could send it me ---no stress--problem solved. ;)

    THe amp idea is true its a ton of fun to try each guitar out on the new amp and see what new sounds you get.

    However Mr. MKR makes a strong point for something of a totally different flavor......

    Or again just wire me the money and I will dispose of it by purchasing a bunch of used Epiphones and mini pocket amps lol
     
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    MIA Strat.
     
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    Fender 72 Thinline Tele maybe ???? Course i got Thinlines on the brain after all the beauties posted up here lately
     
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    Guitars: a semi-solid (335 or similar) or something with P-90s. Actually, putting those sort of things together, how about a 330 or Epiphone Casino?

    Amps: The vintage Traynor is a pretty good suggestion; definitely increasing in value and built like tanks. Alternatively, something tonally different to the Fender, e.g. Vox or Marshall or something boutique. :)
     
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    Ahhh, forget the guitars and amps. Don't send anything to eS.G., he'll just buy crayons. Donate it to the help WavMixer pay off his hospital bill. :thumb:
     
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  10. Col Mustard

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    I'd recommend another SG, one with P-90s....
    The "50s Tribute" can be had used for less than your bonus and
    they get good reviews from players on board here. It's a ridiculous
    name for a really good guitar.
    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Tribute-Heritage-Cherry-Vintage/dp/B00ACB9XPA[/ame]

    Or consider the Epiphone Casino Coupe... I've been looking gassily
    at these, they have a lot of appeal for me: A Les Paul sized hollow body
    (actually semi-hollow, but a lot lighter than a Paul) with P-90s and a small
    price tag.
    Epiphone Casino Coupe

    Used USED EPIPHONE CASINO NATURAL | eBay

    You'd save enough for a good case and a pro setup, and maybe
    still have enough for a Fender Blues Junior. Not as cool as the Deluxe Reverb,
    but a good alternative to what you already have. And lighter. Mike it and
    it sounds HUGE.

    For amps, I like the Fender Blues Junior, but I own two Blackheart amps (a 1Watt and a 5 Watt)
    and I like the idea of this 15 W version. These are not made any more, so get one now or sing
    the blues on some other amp. My small ones are excellent and I love playing them. I bought a
    Sennheiser e609 to mike my 5 Watt "Little Giant" and am going to play it onstage in the upcoming
    year. Check out the Blackheart Handsome Devil 15W:
    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Crate-Blackheart-BH15-112-Handsome-Attitude/dp/B0013O51CY[/ame]

    For Les Pauls, I'd suggest a used Les Paul Studio faded brown from a few years ago. Those came with Burstbucker Pros if I remember right.

    Gibson.com: Gibson Les Paul Studio Satin

    2007 Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded Worn Brown with Gig Bag | eBay

    I don't own a Les Paul. but if I did, It would either be the above, or this very cool Epi:
    http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Les-Paul-Tribute-Plus-Outfit.aspx

    This Epiphone has almost all the mods that players would install to upgrade one of their cheaper
    instruments, Gibson '57 Classic p'ups, good electronics etc... I think this one's very tempting.
    And if you get a used one, it's even more tempting. Once again, you save enough for a pro setup
    and a good case and a Blues Junior. Good combination IMHO. The Black Cherry looks scrumtious IMHO.

    Good luck and good hunting
     
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  11. flyswatter

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    Some great suggestions here, folks.

    Going Marshally/ Voxy is something I've considered. My local just got in a whole slew of Blackstars and the 40watt tube combo is a great amp for 800 bones.

    P90s another good idea. There's a 2014 50s Tribute Goldtop LP at my local. Might go take her for a spin.

    Not a huge fan of semi-hollows, though I do like the Casino with P90s and certainly wouldn't sniff if a good deal on an older Gibson came my way.

    The vintage Traynor is out. I owned a 70s YBM-4 for years; weighed a ton and wasn't my bag tonally. (Because Traynors are Canadian-made they aren't quite the rare gems they are elsewhere). 2 of the 4 or 5 newer Traynor YCVs I've tried had quality issues.

    Love the community here. Thanks, folks.
     
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    I'd go for the Vibrolux or Les Paul. Maybe you can find a good deal on an AC15 since Voxes were mentioned. You might be able to find a good deal on a used one, and have some money left over.
     
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    My vote is for a p-90 SG, kinda gasing for one very recently myself lol!
     
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    yeah! ME TOO LOL buwahahhaaaaaaaa
     
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    I'd go for this. My 60s Tribute with Lollars is my favorite guitar. It wouldn't hafta have Lollars, just P90s. Thatll take half your money.....
    Have you considered a modeling amp? Tons of tone variations. I have a Mustang III, for example. Gig worthy, tough, and only 3 bills. Or a Roland Cube..... There's another option.......
     
  17. Col Mustard

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    +1 on Roland Cube... it's not a traddie tube amp, but the models are lots of fun.
    I have the Bass version and it's loaded with models I'll never use. But i've found
    a couple presets on it that I like. Plus you can save your own. Mine's a 60W with
    a 10" speaker and a couple of "ports" on the bottom. That might sound small for a
    bass amp, but it's got XLR out, so...no problem there. Run it to the board and through
    the mains and it sounds HUGE and is easy to mix. I can pick it up with one hand. *laughs.

    I believe the technology on some of these things has improved a lot. And the little
    amp sounds fine at low levels, which is why I bought it. I replaced my old Bassman Compact,
    which did NOT like playing at 3. Why carry a heavy bastard around that's
    overkill for the venues you play?
     
  18. Dorian

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    What a pleasant situation...

    I tend to agree with Col Mustard, javamagic, Metal89 and lineboat. A P-90 guitar is distinct from the humbuckers and single coils. Personally, I would pick a guitar with a thick, wide neck that fits my long fingers, but that is just me. I also like the upper frets, so I would get an SG with one or two P-90s. Actually, I already did.

    A strat with the traditional 3 single coils might be good for different sounds. Personally, I would not spend big money on a strat because I have an MIM strat that works so well. I cannot justify spending 4 times more to replace it, so I probably never will.

    An acoustic-electric with a piezo pickup might be a nice alternative. I use one for clean folk-type music, though, and your taste may vary.

    For amps, I am have a clean Fenderish amp and a dirty Marshallish amp. I probably should get a real Marshall someday, but right now I have an Orange sound that I quite like. I also a VOX modeling amp that does everything reasonably well at low-modest volume. An OR15 head might be worth considering, with a speaker cabinet, BTW.

    Come to think of it, I have more than $1200 in pedals. Acoustic guitar? Recording equipment? Electric bass? It can go fast.
     
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    I had one of those small Roland guitar amps when I was at Ft. Sam Houston. Got it and a cheap les paul copy LTD guitar just to have something to play in the barracks while I was training. Man every body else in there that played guitar as well was impressed by the tone I was getting out of that thing, don't even get me started on the volume! I was lucky that everyone there enjoyed listening to me play.

    One soldier ended up trashing that guitar (250$ LTD...no tears where shed...) so the day we all graduated and where going our seperate ways I ended up giving that amp away to someone who was just learning to play as she had just got her hands on a nice Ibanez but didnt have an amp to go with it.

    From that time on, I always had a spot in my heart for those Roland amps. Very nice tone out of that little thing that can accomodate just about any style of play. I did everything from blues to death metal on it.
     
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    Joining the P90 group. But, going to say, look at an LP with P90s. That hits 2 different spots for you, a Les Paul and a P90 git. And my P90s LPs does sound different than my P90 SG. Look at that '14 GT 60s Tribute. I have 2 2011's (GT an Honeyburst) and I like them. Then again, I really like my 60s Tribute SG as wel, with P90s.

    OR, go custom. Look at Carvin Guitars. MIA top quality guitars.

    They have some ready to ship, pre-made Carvin.com - Custom Shop Guitars-in-Stock - Ready to Ship!

    Or you can custom order one to your specs
    Carvin.com: USA Custom Shop Solidbody Electric Guitars

    And if your looking at SS amps, I will ALWAYS suggest the Blackstar ID:TVP series. It is not an amp modeler, but models different preamp sections and different power tube output sections. Tries to model the tone, feel and reaction of the different tube types. And frankly it is pretty darn close and accurate. I play it as much as my Marshall DSL and Rivera.
     
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